How to install the PulseAudio equalizer which works

PulseEffects made it to the debian main repo.
It can be installed with sudo apt install -y pulseeffects.
However, in order for the EQ to work, you have to install lsp-plugins as well (sudo apt install -y lsp-plugins).

It's still not the same. That, and for me it crashes. Lack of good presets also kind of suck.

See, there are major issues with any solution that isn't dead-simple and bulletproof. It isn't that I want just an EQ, I want one that doesn't demand a lot of attention, or require an audio engineering degree to purpose easily configure.

This works in that way. When PE is up to snuff and doesn't demand too much from me I'll try it again.

@tiox Thanks for putting this together. I didn't get anywhere (on 19.10) with the standard pulseaudio-equalizer, nor with pulseeffects. Following your method above, I've got the equalizer working as I used to have before upgrading!

Now, I did have one problem with the archive you've shared:

$ sudo apt install ./*.deb
Reading package lists... Error!
E: Invalid archive signature
E: Internal error, could not locate member control.tar.{zstlz4gzxzbz2lzma}
E: Could not read meta data from ./libbonobo2-0_2.32.1-3_amd64.deb
E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.

I had to download a fresh version from and it all worked from there.

Interesting. Can you reproduce these errors in a live session?

... in a live session?

@tiox Not sure what you mean by "live session". What I'm suggesting is that the archive you've provided needs to be updated with a fresh download of libbonobo2-0. Thanks again, it's been incredibly useful.

Using your installation media, to run a temporary instance via its Syslinux menu option Try Ubuntu MATE without installing.

Great tiox,

Did you check the situation on Focal Fossa?

We have an incoming LTS edition that matters the most.

Focal is going to be very important. Either PulseEffects shapes up to be more end-user friendly (that is, including idiot-proof defaults for dumb babies) and not be so prone to crashing on some end-user's machines which had prior issues or somebody needs to do some recompiling of the LADSPA solution my guide presents for ease-of-installation with the latest LTS.

Updated OP to be thematically consistent with the rest of my more recent submissions on here.

Replaced the care package for Eoan / Fossa, should work just fine now. If it doesn't complain via direct message — That should catch my attention. Also overhauled some portions of this guide after a brief investigation into available packages for different systems from the WebUpd8 repository.

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